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Murzban Jal

Region : World | Language : English | Product Binding : Paper Back | Year : 2018
ISBN : 9789350025819

INR : 350.00


Just as Slavoj ZIzek had talked of the dire need of rescuing Christianiry from the Christian fundamentalist, and just as Ernst Bloc and Walter Benjamin before Zizek had involved a radical humanist study of religions, so now one finds the need for rescuing religion in general from the religious fundamentalist. This book Zarathustra and the Inmates of Paradise is a historical and philosophical exposition of one of the oldest religions of the world. Zoroastrianism is indeed known to be the oldest monotheistic religion, a sister religion fo early Hinduism, and literal "parent" of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. This radical collective of utopias is forgotten for a now fashionable theory of clash of religions. Not only is the shadow of Zarathustra found on the great religions of the world, but the figure of Zarathustra also appears in Goethe's West End Divan, G.W.F. Hegel's The Philosophy of History, as also in Friedrich Nietzche's magnum opus Also Sprach Zarathustra.

Not many know that the figure of Zarathustra besides appearing in Goethe, Hegel and Nietzche now appears on the streets of Iran seeming in battle with the comprador right-wing political theologians. Not many know that Zarathustra was literally the first dialectician in world history. In this case would the the figure of Marx also be accompanying Zarathustra in Iran? Would Zarathustra be not merely the parent of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. but also Marxism? Was Ernst Bloc right in stating in The Principle of Hope that the great religions of the world have to be understood  as "seeking hope"? But what if hope evades us? Is then fascism inevitable?


Murzban Jal is Director and Professor at the Centre for Educational Studies, Indian Institute of Education, Pune. He is the author of 

-The Seductions of Karl Marx

-The New Militants

-Why We Are Not Hindus

-What Ails Indian Muslims (ed. with Zaheer Ali)

-Challenges for the Indian Left (ed.)

-In the Name of Marx



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